TPG Telecom taps Infinera to boost Pacific subsea capacity

Created July 29, 2021
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TPG Telecom has announced a major upgrade of its submarine cable connecting Australia and Guam to significantly boost cable capacity and improve reliability using Infinera’s ICE6 800G solution. PPC-1, TPG Telecom’s ultra-long-haul cable system connecting Australia, Guam and Papua New Guinea, has two fibre pairs spanning approximately 7,000 kilometres, with 78 repeaters spaced approximately 92 kilometres apart. The submarine cable is a major gateway for North America and other Asia Pacific destinations.

Using Infinera’s technology, TGP says the project will boost data capacity on this key internet backbone link by 50%, from 8Tbps currently to 12Tbps. Enabling direct connectivity to key Sydney POPs is part of this upgrade, delivering seamless connections for TPG Telecom customers beyond the landing station.

TPG Telecom executive general manager, Mobile and Fixed Networks Barry Kezik said, “We are increasing the capacity of this vital international link by 50% to meet the growing data requirements of our customers, which is being driven by booming demand for cloud computing and video streaming. With this investment, TPG Telecom confirms its long-term commitment to provide international services to Australia.”

“Infinera is excited to collaborate with TPG Telecom to deploy our industry-leading ICE6 800G solution on its critical subsea network, offering higher-speed bandwidth and more capacity and arming TPG Telecom with the ability to deliver new high-speed connectivity services,” said Nick Walden, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Infinera.

TPG Telecom says it has received the necessary regulatory approvals to modify relevant PPC-1 assets and the upgrade works are expected to be completed this year.

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.